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Ex-BLM officials indicted in elaborate fraud scheme

Two former high-level federal Bureau of Land Management officials who worked in Virginia, including a deputy state director from Montana, have denied criminal charges accusing them of defrauding the government in an employment scheme.

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Former Belfry School District clerk denies fraud

A former clerk for the Belfry School District on Wednesday denied federal charges that she defrauded the district and filed false tax returns.

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Missoula contractor gets 10 years in federal prison, forfeits $6.5M for Bakken fraud

MISSOULA — A Missoula contractor who took millions of dollars from his clients and used it for personal material gain – jewelry, homes, cars and Jet Skis – will spend the next eight years in federal prison and will forfeit $6.5 million in assets to the U.S. government.

July 23, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…

Blackfeet consultant convicted for kickbacks

GREAT FALLS — A federal jury convicted a consultant for the Blackfeet Indian tribe of more than two dozen charges after prosecutors said he provided kickbacks to tribal leaders in a scheme to defraud a $9.3 million mental health program.

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Angela Corson Smith, also accused of impersonating a nurse, pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

Angela Corson Smith, also accused of impersonating a nurse, pleads guilty to federal fraud charges

Billings resident Angela Corson Smith admitted Thursday in U.S. District Court that she defrauded a bank and investors of about $150,000.

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Hearing delayed for Billings woman accused of fraud

Hearing delayed for Billings woman accused of fraud

A Billings woman who was scheduled to plead guilty to defrauding a bank and investors of about $150,000 had her hearing continued on Monday for medical reasons.

December 16, 2013 5:36 pmLoading…
Billings woman to admit fraud charges

Billings woman to admit fraud charges

A Billings woman suspected of defrauding a bank to get a home loan and of bilking investors in a separate scheme is expected again to admit to fraud charges after a federal judge rejected an earlier plea deal.

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Woman suspected of impersonating nurse practitioner student pleads guilty to bank fraud

Woman suspected of impersonating nurse practitioner student pleads guilty to bank fraud

A Billings woman suspected of impersonating a nurse practitioner student at a local hospital admitted Wednesday to forging her husband's signature to obtain a bank loan in an unrelated federal case.

July 17, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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Woman in nurse impostor case released pending fraud trial

Woman in nurse impostor case released pending fraud trial

A federal judge on Thursday released from custody Angela Corson Smith, a Billings woman indicted on bank and wire fraud charges and suspected of impersonating a nurse at Billings Clinic.

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Belgrade woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

Belgrade woman pleads guilty to embezzlement

MISSOULA — A 36-year-old Belgrade woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $318,000 from her employer over four years.

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California man pleads guilty in Bakken leasing scam

California man pleads guilty in Bakken leasing scam

A California man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to fleece investors who bought into fictitious oil-and-gas projects in Eastern Montana's Bakken oil patch, authorities said Tuesday.

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Second suspect guilty plea in Cheyenne hotel fire

Second suspect guilty plea in Cheyenne hotel fire

CHEYENNE — A second suspect has pleaded guilty for his role in an arson attack that destroyed a landmark hotel in Cheyenne.

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Former Kalispell accountant pleads guilty to investment scam

MISSOULA — A former accountant for a Kalispell lumber company has pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge for an investment scam that initially cost the company $350,000.

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Blackfeet woman pleads not guilty to wire fraud

GREAT FALLS — A Blackfeet tribal member has pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegations she stole money from North American Indian Days vendors.

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Billings woman gets prison for military fraud, bribery scheme

Billings woman gets prison for military fraud, bribery scheme

A history of white-collar crimes caught up with a Billings woman Monday when a federal judge ordered her to spend more than eight years in federal prison for running a scheme to defraud and bribe the U.S. military.

January 28, 2013 4:50 pmLoading…

Former Billings woman sentenced for fraud involving military purchases

A former Billings woman will spend four months under house arrest for her role in a scheme to bribe military purchasing agents.

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Country singer sent to prison for fraud

Country singer sent to prison for fraud

As Billings resident Mitchell John Romersa chased his dream of becoming a country singer, he turned the life of one his supporters into a nightmare.

October 04, 2012 5:20 pm Photos

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Tax fraud scheme sends Billings woman to prison

Tax fraud scheme sends Billings woman to prison

A tearful apology didn’t persuade a federal judge on Thursday to show leniency to a Billings woman who admitted using identities of dead people to file false tax returns and get refunds.

September 27, 2012 2:32 pmLoading…
Billings woman admits wire fraud, bribery of military personnel

Billings woman admits wire fraud, bribery of military personnel

A Billings woman accused of masterminding a scheme to defraud the U.S. military through unauthorized purchases of office supplies from companies she operated and paying bribes to government employees admitted to federal charges Thursday.

August 23, 2012 5:32 pmLoading…

Billings businessman sent to prison for insurance scam

A federal judge ordered Billings businessman Robert Shane Peterson to prison Thursday for his role in an insurance scam, saying Peterson needed incarceration to stop him from committing more crimes.

July 12, 2012 5:20 pmLoading…

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